Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Rate: 8.2/10 total 280,735 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 120 min
  • Filming Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $141,319,195(USA)(24 May 2009)
  • Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Saurabh Shukla
  • Original Music By: A.R. Rahman   
  • Soundtrack: Paper Planes
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Question | Slum | Cheating | 2000s | Millionaire

Writing Credits By:

  • Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)
  • Vikas Swarup (novel "Q & A")

Known Trivia

  • Mercedes-Benz asked that its logos be removed in scenes taking place in the slums. The company, according to Danny Boyle, did not want to be associated with the poverty-stricken area, fearing that that might taint its image.
  • The actor whose autograph young Jamal gets is Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan is a very real, and very famous Indian actor, the original host of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (called Kaun Banega Crorepati?), and also the father-in-law of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (or Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan as she is known after marriage).
  • The cricket match being shown on television in Javed’s house is the 1st one day international of the Future Cup between India and South Africa played at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast on June 26 2007. As shown in the movie, Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batsman, was run out on 99. India went on to score 242 and South Africa won the match by 4 wickets with 3 balls remaining.
  • The film used a prototype Digital Cinema Camera from Silicon Imaging. When used in Mumbai, there were SI technicians on set constantly to deal with any problems the prototype had, of which there were many.
  • Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rikshaw driver to take the kids to school everyday until they are 16 years old.
  • Chris Tarrant, the host of the original, UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, featured in Danny Boyle’s debut film Shallow Grave. He appears as the host of another TV quiz show “Lose A Million” but only on a TV screen.
  • The current exchange rate for 20,000,000 Rupees (the grand prize on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”) is USD$411,600.
  • The film was originally intended to receive a PG-13 rating. In the end, it received an R rating because of its intense tone. With no time or money for appeals, the film was released with its given rating.
  • Approximately 20% of the movie’s dialog is in Hindi (with English subtitles).
  • The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Although the events of the movie are set in the summer of 2006, the cricket match being played at Javed's house between India and South Africa was played in 2007.

Plot: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. Full summary »  »

Story: The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Kaun Banega Crorepati? (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But…Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures  

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Produced By:

  • Christian Colson known as producer
  • François Ivernel known as co-executive producer
  • Ivana Mackinnon known as associate producer
  • Cameron McCracken known as co-executive producer
  • Tabrez Noorani known as line producer
  • Paul Ritchie known as co-producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Paul Smith known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dev Patel known as Older Jamal
  • Saurabh Shukla known as Sergeant Srinivas
  • Anil Kapoor known as Prem
  • Rajendranath Zutshi known as Director (as Raj Zutshi)
  • Jeneva Talwar known as Vision Mixer
  • Freida Pinto known as Older Latika
  • Irrfan known as Police Inspector (as Irrfan Khan)
  • Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail known as Youngest Salim
  • Ayush Mahesh Khedekar known as Youngest Jamal
  • Jira Banjara known as Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
  • Sheikh Wali known as Airport Security Guard
  • Mahesh Manjrekar known as Javed
  • Sanchita Choudhary known as Jamal's Mother
  • Himanshu Tyagi known as Mr Nanda
  • Sharib Hashmi known as Prakash
  • Virendra Chatterjee known as Slum Man
  • Feroze Khan known as Amitabh Bachchan
  • Sunil Kumar Agrawal known as Mr Chi (as Sunil Aggarwal)
  • Virender Kumar known as Man on Fire (as Virender Kumar Gharu)
  • Devesh Rawal known as Blue Boy
  • Rubina Ali known as Youngest Latika
  • Ankur Vikal known as Maman
  • Tiger known as Punnoose
  • Chirag Parmar known as Young Arvind
  • Nazneen Shaikh known as Baby
  • Farzana Ansari known as Latika's Friend
  • Anupam Shyam known as Old Villager
  • Salim Chaus known as Ticket Collector
  • Singh Shera Family known as Family in Train
  • Harvinder Kaur known as Family in Train
  • Narendra Singh Bhati known as Family in Train (as Narendra Singh)
  • Tanay Chheda known as Middle Jamal (as Tanay Hemant Chheda)
  • Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala known as Middle Salim
  • Satya Mudgal known as Taj Mahal Guide
  • Janet de Vigne known as Ada / Mrs MacKintosh
  • William Relton known as Peter
  • David Gilliam known as Clark
  • Mia Drake Inderbitzin known as Adele (as Mia Inderbitzin)
  • Kinder Singh known as Driver
  • Christine Matovich Singh known as Opera Singer
  • Thomas Lehmkuhl known as Opera Singer
  • Siddesh Patil known as Older Arvind
  • Najma Shaikh known as Woman at Brothel
  • Saeeda Shaikh known as Woman at Brothel
  • Alka Satpute known as Woman at Brothel
  • Tabassum Khan known as Woman at Brothel
  • Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar known as Middle Latika
  • Sitaram Panchal known as Dance Teacher
  • Nigel Caesar known as Hotel Security Guard
  • Ajit Pandey known as Javed's Goon
  • Kedar Thapar known as Javed's Goon
  • Amit Leonard known as Javed's Goon
  • Rajesh Kumar known as Javed's Goon
  • Sagar Ghopalkar known as Javed's Goon
  • Pradeep Solanki known as Javed's Goon
  • Abdul Hamid Sheikh known as Javed's Goon (as Hamid Sheikh)
  • Dheeraj Waghela known as Javed's Goon
  • Shruti Seth known as Call Centre Instructor (as Shruti S Seth)
  • Arfi Lamba known as Bardi
  • Taira Colah known as Nasreen
  • Varun Bagri known as Call Centre Trainee
  • Ankur Tewari known as Dave
  • Anjum Sharma known as Operator
  • Madhur Mittal known as Older Salim
  • Sarfaraz Khan known as Autorickshaw Driver
  • Syed Fazal Hussain known as Autorickshaw Driver (as Syed Hussain)
  • Umar Khan known as Autorickshaw Driver (as Umer Khan)
  • Imran Hasnee known as Javed's House Doorkeeper
  • Homai Billimoria known as KBC Contestant
  • Udayan Baijal known as Cricket Commentator
  • Sandeep Kaul known as Floor Manager
  • Rufee Ahmed known as Double for Irrfan Khan
  • Rhea Lawyer known as TV Reporter
  • Deepali Dalvi known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Anisha Nagar known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Farrah Shaikh known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Mamta Sharma known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Neha M. Khatarawalla known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Tanya Singh known as Newsreader
  • Anand Tiwari known as Newsreader
  • Faezeh Jalali known as Newsreader
  • Meghana Jhalani known as Newsreader
  • Rupali Mehra known as Newsreader
  • Anju Singh known as Newsreader
  • Saurabh Agarwal known as Call Centre Manager
  • Mark Boucher known as Himself – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Andre Nel known as Himself – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Yuvraj Singh known as Himself – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Sachin Tendulkar known as Himself – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Amitabh Bachchan known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Virginia Holmes known as hair designer
  • Virginia Holmes known as makeup designer
  • Natasha Nischol known as hair designer
  • Natasha Nischol known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Kathy Heaser known as graphic artist
  • Brendan Houghton known as storyboard artist
  • Aditya Kanwar known as stand-by art director
  • Srinivas Konda known as property master
  • Andrew Tapper known as graphic designer
  • Marc Knapton known as computer graphics (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Celador Films (presents)
  • Film4 (presents)
  • Pathé Pictures International

Other Companies:

  • Pille Filmgeräteverleih  camera equipment provided by
  • A.M. Studios  music recorded at (as AM Studios)
  • AP  titles
  • ARRI Media  camera and grip equipment provided by
  • Anvil Post Production  foley recording
  • Bonded Services  film storage
  • Dead  post-production services
  • Fatts  post-production script services
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  Avid Adrenalines and Avid Unity LanShare LP supplied by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  editing equipment
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  adr recording (as Goldcrest Post Production)
  • HireWorks  film equipment
  • India Take One Productions  production services
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Interscope Records  soundtrack
  • J & E Post Production  post-production consultant
  • KM Musiq Studio  music recorded at
  • Lights & Grips Equipment Hirers India  grip and lighting equipment
  • Modern VideoFilm  post-production facilities
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)  digital film mastering
  • Nirvana Studio  music recorded at
  • Out of Eden  score mixed at
  • P S TECHNIK  camera equipment provided by
  • Panalux  lighting consumables
  • Panchthan Recording Inn, Chennai  music recorded at (as Panchathan Record Inn)
  • Pinewood Studios Group, The  sound re-recording
  • Pinewood Studios  sound re-recording
  • Pixion  telecine services
  • Professional Negative Cutting  negative management
  • Smart DV  editing equipment
  • Sound 24  sound editing and post production

Distributors:

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • International Film Distribution Consultants (2008-2009) (Non-USA) (theatrical)
  • Chantier Films (2008) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (theatrical) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
  • Londra Films P&D (2009) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
  • Serenity Entertainment International (2009) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Ablo (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Bazuca Films (2009) (Chile) (all media)
  • Bontonfilm (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Castello Lopes Multimedia (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Channel 4 Television Corporation (2010) (UK) (TV)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Belgium) (all media)
  • Cinéart (2009) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Europa Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Filmax (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • Fox STAR Studios (2009) (India) (all media)
  • GAGA (2009) (Japan) (all media)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2008) (Australia) (all media)
  • Lev Films (2009) (Israel) (all media)
  • Lucky Red (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • Mediasoft Films (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Monolith Plus (2008) (Poland) (all media)
  • Monopole-Pathé (2008) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Myndform (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Pathé Distribution (2008) (UK) (all media)
  • Pathé (2009) (France) (all media)
  • Phars Film (2009) (Middle East) (all media)
  • Pinema (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Prokino Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2008) (Scandinavia) (all media)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (all media)
  • Vizion (2009) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Volga Film (2009) (Russia) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • CIS London
  • Rushes Post Production (end credits)

Visual Effects by:

  • Matthew Bristowe known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Stefan Ciupek known as digital camera supervisor
  • James Cundill known as online editor
  • Nick Drew known as visual effects production manager: CIS London
  • Paddy Eason known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • David Emeny known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • Alec Feegrade known as film recording
  • Adam Gascoyne known as visual effects supervisor
  • Matthew Hangar known as software support
  • Warwick Hewett known as assistant vfx producer: Rushes
  • Simon Hughes known as compositor: CIS London
  • Tom Kemplen known as visual effects editor
  • Matthew Lawrence known as motion graphics
  • Brad Le-Riche known as motion graphics
  • Begoña Lopez known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Hugh Macdonald known as senior digital compositor: CIS London
  • Collette Nunes known as visual effects editor: CIS London
  • Roma O'Connor known as visual effects executive producer
  • Jonathan Opgenhaffen known as matte painter: CIS London
  • Jesse Parkhill known as digital compositor
  • Matthew Redding known as visual effects artist: DEAD
  • Becky Roberts known as visual effects producer
  • David Wahlberg known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • Pat Wintersgill known as on-line editor

Release Date:

  • USA 30 August 2008 (Telluride Film Festival)
  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2008 (Austin Film Festival)
  • USA 19 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • UK 31 October 2008 (London Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (AFI Film Festival)
  • USA 8 November 2008 (Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival)
  • Canada 12 November 2008 (Toronto)
  • USA 12 November 2008 (limited)
  • Norway 20 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Italy 5 December 2008
  • Australia 11 December 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 18 December 2008
  • Ireland 9 January 2009
  • UK 9 January 2009
  • Belgium 14 January 2009
  • France 14 January 2009
  • Switzerland 14 January 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Iceland 16 January 2009
  • Israel 22 January 2009
  • Switzerland 22 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Canada 23 January 2009
  • India 23 January 2009
  • Norway 23 January 2009
  • Sweden 23 January 2009 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 January 2009
  • New Zealand 5 February 2009
  • Portugal 5 February 2009
  • Netherlands 9 February 2009 (Amsterdam) (The Hague) (premiere)
  • Indonesia 11 February 2009
  • Argentina 12 February 2009
  • Malaysia 12 February 2009
  • Netherlands 12 February 2009
  • Russia 12 February 2009
  • Singapore 12 February 2009
  • Bulgaria 13 February 2009
  • Spain 13 February 2009
  • Uruguay 13 February 2009
  • Hungary 19 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 19 February 2009
  • Kuwait 19 February 2009
  • Peru 19 February 2009
  • Brazil 20 February 2009 (limited)
  • Mexico 20 February 2009
  • Croatia 26 February 2009
  • Czech Republic 26 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 26 February 2009
  • Slovakia 26 February 2009
  • Latvia 27 February 2009
  • Poland 27 February 2009
  • Turkey 27 February 2009
  • Venezuela 27 February 2009
  • Japan 1 March 2009 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Greece 5 March 2009
  • Lebanon 5 March 2009
  • Brazil 6 March 2009
  • Denmark 6 March 2009
  • Sweden 6 March 2009
  • Estonia 13 March 2009
  • Finland 13 March 2009
  • Pakistan 13 March 2009
  • Romania 13 March 2009
  • Taiwan 13 March 2009
  • Egypt 18 March 2009
  • Germany 19 March 2009
  • South Korea 19 March 2009
  • Austria 20 March 2009
  • Panama 20 March 2009
  • China 26 March 2009
  • Philippines 11 April 2009
  • Japan 18 April 2009
  • Bangladesh 9 October 2009
  • Japan 11 June 2010 (EU Film Days)

MPAA: Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language

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